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anonymous asked:

idk if im on the wrong blog for a carmilla related question but with all of this part II/younow stuff, like their body language and chemistry on/off camera i'm starting to firmly believe natlise could/may be a thing. has your opinions on the matter changed at all??

yeah, technically the wrong blog, but that’s okay!! i texted syd about this, but tonight with that YouNow i personally noticed a shift (or another shift i guess?). they’re usually pretty touchy feely, but Elise was basically on top of her the whole time. then you had Natasha wiping away her tears, her looking like a sad puppy when Elise coughed, and was caught looking at Elise. the whole thing seemed sorta domestic?? idk, that’s probably not a good word for it since it’s kinda hard to explain. 

anyhoo back to your actual question - my opinion really hasn’t changed other than the fact that i’m side eyeing it even more now.

anonymous asked:

Do you think there's any chance that some insane S7 theories especially the "Sansa manipulating LF with sex to protect her brother" is going to happen? I just keep seeing all this crazy stuff lately and it bothers me to no end because it's simply not necessary for her to do that. At first it was just creepy PxS shippers predicting this stuff but now there are more who agree with it. What do you think?

This went so, so, so tangential to what you were asking and I am so, so, so sorry anon. Your question just happened to be a really good lead in to a topic I think about a lot. 

I think Tyrion is actually Dany and Drogo’s real child. And Aerys and Joanna did have a child together, but just Cersei. Jaime is all Tywin’s. And Dany is Lyanna’s daughter and Jon’s twin. Euron is Daario. Essentially, everything we know to be true is false.

If the sarcasm didn’t give it away, I disagree entirely with all these crazy theories and what they imply about Sansa as a character. While I can’t really talk about the show because no one really knows what’s going on, the “Sansa seduces Littlefinger” theory is also one in the books that I absolutely detest and doubt will actually happen.

Firstly, when people talk about Sansa (who is theoretically THIRTEEN YEARS OLD) seducing someone (generally Littlefinger), they always mention Cersei telling Sansa: “You little fool. Tears are not a woman’s only weapon. You’ve got another one between your legs, and you’d best learn to use it” (ACOK Sansa VI).

Earlier in the chapter, Cersei imparts another lesson on Sansa. She has constantly been playing the lie-to-their-faces game with the Lannisters and the entire court, so she tells Cersei she’ll remember the advice, but her internal thoughts are entirely different:

I will remember, Your Grace,“ said Sansa, though she had always heard that love was a surer route to the people’s loyalty than fear. If I am ever a queen, I’ll make them love me.

(ACOK Sansa VI)

Sansa has learned not to trust the Lannisters, especially Cersei or Joffrey, and uses plenty of verbal deception to pretend she still does. This is established from her first chapter in A Clash of Kings: ”Once she had loved Prince Joffrey with all her heart, and admired and trusted his mother, the queen. They had repaid that love and trust with her father’s head. Sansa would never make that mistake again“ (ACOK Sansa I).

I don’t think she’s taking any of Cersei’s advice to heart. In fact, while the narrative is interrupted and Sansa doesn’t get the chance to respond when Cersei shocks her with the “between your legs” comment, I’m almost certain the response would be one of Sansa’s many double-sided answers, with a lie at face while her true thoughts simmer within.

Sansa’s apprenticeship, as it were, is about her learning to be a queen. However, under Cersei’s tutelage she isn’t her learning how to rule people and be a queen, but how not to do it. Her lessons come from a woman who is obviously not particularly well-liked and doesn’t know what she’s doing. That’s why we see her directly rejecting this notion of making people fear her and being unkind.

Furthermore- Sansa is way too important to have some plot where she falls into the traps her mentors have tried to teach her. I know some people don’t like to acknowledge Sansa’s importance, despite her having more chapters (so far- and I don’t think her WOW chapter is included her) than arguably the most important characters(Bran), and her being the only non-”Big Five” name GRRM used in this post. But because of both of these points, I’d argue that Sansa has become, in her own right, one of the main characters along with Jon, Dany, Tyrion, Arya, and Bran.

Because of this, she isn’t going to end up having some half-baked seduction plot line. There is lots and lots and lots of speculation on Sansa’s endgame and role in the War of the Dawn. I get a little too shippy when I start talking about final endgame (although tbh I’m rather certain SanSan is actual endgame), but I personally find her role in the WotD to be rather clear, and perfectly paralleling Cersei’s lessons mentioned above.

Recognizably, Sansa does not necessarily have the same obvious “weapons” the other main POVs have- Bran has magic and Summer; Jon has swordsmanship, battle command skills, Ghost, and (eventually) a dragon; Dany has various skills commanding forces, an army, and Drogon; Arya has Needle and eventually Nymeria and her wolfpack; Tyrion will have a dragon and a generally large vast amount of knowledge to help with said dragons. But Sansa has shown skills useful to defense during a war- keeping people calm and leading those who can’t protect themselves. 

During the Battle of the Blackwater, Sansa kept to Cersei’s side as Cersei entertained and protected the various women of King’s Landing. She learns Cersei’s lessons, of fear and harshness, and turns that all over when she gives her little speech about how they’re winning the battle and the queen is just going to check on things and will be back shortly. I imagine that Sansa will, in either Riverrun/Winterfell/Vale, rouse the various people who are fleeing the Others and rouse their spirits while running the castle and doling out supplies as needed (I’m unsure exactly where the war will drive them. My bet is sort of on Riverrun, with a potential severing of the Neck to end the war).

Finally, and I forget where I first saw this theory (I think @nobodysuspectsthebutterfly?), three of the fighting heroes have something the other two don’t: dragons. Considering that the dragon riders will eventually be the Big Heroes who save the world, some consider Arya and Bran to be in a secondary category of people, those who rebuild the world post-WotD. That’s where Sansa’s general destiny will eventually come in. All three of the Starklings have been developing helpful leadership skills- Bran as ruling Prince of Winterfell, Arya among the commonfolk of Westeros (and Essos), Sansa living as a bastard but also the essential ruling Lady of the Vale. They’ve all had to deal with managing people and goods, and these will be essential skills for reshaping the world post-Dawn, and likely important skills for protecting people during the war.

A little update on me

I have no idea when I’ll have actual story updates for Tumblr. It’s still not letting me post pictures - they just won’t load up. 

I already messaged Tumblr Support about it and they asked me some questions, but I’ve already tried the stuff they suggested. So far - no luck. 

Which really sucks, since I already have so many screen shots and stuff and I’m so ready to make more story posts…….

But yeah, I hope this issue gets resolved soon, otherwise I don’t know how I’ll continue my Tumblr stories.

Wordpress is still good, I guess.

anonymous asked:

Hey, Linds. Did you have a good day today? I haven't seen you around much and I thought about you a few times. Hope you're having a great autumn x

Interesting question! I’m not doing badly at all–thank you for asking though. :D Just a lot of real life stuff going keeping me super, super busy combined with a lack of interest/inspiration. I’ve also made the conscious choice to have less screen time. It’s been two months and I can’t say that I’m really missing it. I stopped all email notifications, which has actually helped my stress level about the whole thing. If I get on tumblr, it’s an afterthought. Good changes, mentally, but I do miss you guys and thinking about jily. Winter is just around the corner so I’ll probably be on in a more active way before long. Thanks for the message babe :D :D :D 

EDIT: i forgot about jilytober…i’ll be here more lol this month omg

THE SIGNS IN FAIRY TALES
  • Aries:Knight in shining armor with questionable motives
  • Taurus:Villain who has been holding a grudge for years
  • Gemini:Pretends to be your friend, double agent as heck
  • Cancer:Overprotective mom but means well
  • Leo:Member of royalty that can actually fight
  • Virgo:Fairy princess that grants wishes n shit
  • Libra:Beautiful prince/princess turned evil
  • Scorpio:Dark sorcerer that turns good at the end
  • Sagittarius:Really happy sidekick that has either really good or bad ideas
  • Capricorn:*Mermaid Man voice* EVIL
  • Aquarius:Really scary and silent and has no emotions but ends up being good
  • Pisces:Pitiful character that has dark ulterior motives

Someone gave my mom an old photo album. I really wish they hadn’t…

by reddit user sleepyhollow_101

Every once in a while, something very interesting will come into my mom’s library.

We live in a small town, so people often go to the library for answers, knowing that my mother has an extensive background in researching things like history and genealogy. Those are the people we get most often, actually: people with questions about their own family history. Oftentimes they’ll come in with partial records and ask my mother to fill in the gaps. She’s always more than happy to do it. Not only is she good at it, but it also serves as an acceptable reprieve from the relative boredom of small-town life.

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Ashton Irwin: can’t respond to a question with a short answer, the sensitive one in the band
Calum Hood: is a really smiley person but never smiles in fan photos, his sass is so good it actually burns
Luke Hemmings: known for actually being pretty funny but none of his bandmates ever laugh to his jokes
Michael Clifford: gets excited easily, is as kind as a butterfly at heart, known for disappearing in his room for 2 months and coming back looking more attractive than ever

tbh i know the SU crew likes trying to tackle big complicated moral issues, and the idealistic way they tend to handle them (with some exceptions) isnt always bad

but like…… i feel like the question ‘does killing an oppressor make you a bad person’ isnt something that they should have tried covering.

because of course when you put that question through the eyes of your incredibly idealistic, 14 year old protagonist, youre going to come up with the simple answer ‘no, conflicts should be resolved with as little violence and bloodshed as possible’

the most realistic answer is more like ‘sometimes if someone is doing something really bad, good people have to do something that would, under other circumstances, be perceived as wrong to stop them’. 

but that’s a really nuanced and adult issue to try and make an eight year old understand, so instead of any kind of actual conflict resolution, you get steven, presenting the entirely nonviolent argument, and you get bismuth presenting some kind of ‘fight and shatter every homeworld gem’ argument that forces her into a villain role when shes not a villain 

the episode handled everything really clumsily and threw away a really interesting and good character for the sake of dumbing down a complicated issue and forcing a child-friendly moral. 

honestly it was all just a mess

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방탄소년단 THROUGH THE ERAS:
JEON JUNGKOOK (A SMOL BUN FOR SMOL MY BUN @taehkooks)

The Signs as Teachers

Aries: "the teacher that seems really strict, but will cave if you give them compliments. easy a"


Taurus: “teacher that eats in the classroom while teaching. waits until everyone understands the topic before moving on. class smells like sardines”


Gemini: “encourages students to give them gifts on holidays. gives little information about test, and tests always have multiple questions and are really difficult. pop quizzes!”


Cancer: "cries a lot, tells about their life story. doesn’t actually teach. gives you a detention if you tell a sad animal story” 


Leo: “boasts about all their degrees. all the students highkey thirst over them”


Virgo: “has a very organized classroom, good teachers. class is hard, but very rewarding. obsessed with brit pop and cats. inner fan boy/girl like the rest of us. watches season finales with students”


Libra:“is not confident in their teaching abilities, but is friends with all the students. very hesitant to issue detentions”


Scorpio: “educates everyone about sex twice a week, and informs everyone why they shouldn’t do drugs. very chill teacher, but the tests that were supposed to be “easy” are all covering knowledge that you haven’t even been taught yet”


Sagittarius: “literally the embodiment of evil. tries too hard to be cool with the students, but just overall offensive af. lectures are hell to sit through, and tests are waaaay too difficult”


Capricorn: “meticulous af. will flip out if you bend your paper. tests are vague and difficult. A students are failing in their class. drinks the tears of their students”


Aquarius: “a v good teacher, actually teaches you shit. tolerates rowdy students in the beginning, but after a while, they aint gon take anymore of your bs”


Pisces:“friends with all the students. doesn’t teach as much, but tests are reasonable and material is easy to remember. encourages students and talks about their dreams a lot. students are all aware of how sensitive they are, and not even the bullies have the heart to crush their dreams. also ultra affectionate”

What a good question Hibiki, how do you make curry?

Well really it’s pretty simple. You start with all your ingredients..

Which are, onions, carrors, potatoes, beef, some garlic, a bit of red wine, and of course your spices. Since I’m making a Japanese style curry I’m actually using Port since it’s a bit sweet, and Japanese curry is much sweeter than other curries. 

I might have forgotten to take pictures of the in between steps. I browned the beef, took it out, then sauteed the onions in the pot. Once they were translucent I added the meat back in and poured in some port to deglaze the pot. After you let the alcohol burn off, you throw in the vegetables then add whatever kind of stock you are using. You should let the curry simmer now, and not use a flame thrower to speed up the process :p

One of the most important parts of curry is having a good roux. All a roux is, is some flour that is browned in butter, with the curry spices. Typically you would just buy this at your local asian market, but regrettably I’m intolerant of gluten so I get to make it by hand. 

Once the roux has browned a bit, you add the spices in and stir it into your curry once it is done cooking. You give it a good stir and let the roux thicken up the curry and give it a really nice texture. Now that the curry is pretty much done, it is pretty common to grate in some apple to give it a bit of sweetness. I chose to add apricot preserve here at the end. It basically does the same thing. Doesn’t it look good?

And there is the final product. If you hadn’t figured it out yet, I’m a fan of wine, so of course I paired a wine with my curry. I chose a sweeter Riesling to go with it. I think a lot of people would chose a light to medium red wine, which wouldn’t be wrong, but a very light sweet white wine is actually an excellent pair with a lot of spicy Asian cuisine. The sweetness of the wine cuts into the spiciness of the curry and leaves a very pleasant flavour behind. 


So there you go, that’s how you make curry!

The moon signs as I see them.

Aries moon - very energetic, try to stay pretty active. Doesn’t always finish what they’ve started, takes a lot of naps. A bit childlike and always playing the Xbox.

Taurus moon - very stubborn, likes to pamper themselves. Loves to eat but aren’t overweight. Likes to take pictures of beautiful things, flowers, trees, or themselves.

Gemini moon - very talkative, when you try to dodge their question. They will not stop until you give them an answer. Has two groups of friends. Likes surprises.

Cancer moon - very weird, has a really pretty voice. Enjoys pretty clothing and likes dressing up. Knows a lot of people but only one or two they’ll actually talk to about things.

Leo moon - very proud, knows what they’re good at. Loves posing for pictures or taking selfies. Enjoys nice things, and are very generous with people they care about.

Virgo moon - very down to earth, grows their own vegetables. Likes to go biking, really enjoys traveling. Enjoys spending time with family and close friends.

Libra moon - very careful, loves talking. Once they start, they cannot stop. Won’t offend anyone, enjoys nature. Very good cook and loves to fish.

Scorpio moon - very secretive, doesn’t like it when everyone knows their business. Can control themselves very well, prefers to stay indoors. A bit silly sometimes and likes to have fun.

Sagittarius moon - very fun, likes the outside, doesn’t like being housebound. Needs their freedom, straightforward talkers. Has a lot of friends but only a few are very close.

Capricorn moon - very faithful, believes in higher power, higher education. Loves staying in bed all day but can have a lot of fun if they let themselves to do so.

Aquarius moon - very quirky, loves to be called quirky. Can be frustrating when given advice and does the exact opposite. Will respect your views on something as long as you respect theirs.

Pieces moon - very optimistic, can be a bit unrealistic sometimes. Loves water. Has a delicate voice. Loves animals and plants and has plants all over the place.

Hetalia Characters as Teachers (part 2)
  • Prussia:The really fun history teacher who does a lot of projects, and works really hard to make it so that his students aren't just reading from the textbook all the time. He's actually a pretty strict grader and doesn't let students get off task but he's so much fun that everyone still loves him.
  • Austria:The music teacher that only kids who are serious about music like. He totally plays favorites with the students who play their instruments the best and will definitely know, and give you a bad grade, if you didn't practice at home like you were supposed to.
  • Spain:The kind Spanish teacher whose class everyone wants to take because it's an easy A. There's a rumor going around that he helps you on quizzes and it's true--he just can't stand saying no when a student has a question.
  • Romano:The art teacher with a bad reputation. He's actually a good artist and only really yells at students when they don't try at all or are behaving badly, but kids take art because they want an easy class so they say he's an asshole.
  • Hungary:The history teacher who seems really nice at first but then turns out to actually be pretty strict. She's a good teacher, though, and her lessons are well organized and easy to understand. When you ask her for help she's really good at answering questions and she has really great study guides for all her tests.
  • Switzerland:The science teacher who tends to yell and discipline his students pretty severely, but who actually teaches really interestingly and doesn't grade that hard. Also, scary though he may act, he's shorter than a lot of his students.
  • Belarus:The super intense drama teacher who's really, well, overdramatic. Kids who like her say she teaches well and that they learn lots from her but she also gets called scary/crazy a lot. Somehow she manages to come off as intense and harsh even when she's giving a compliment.

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?
By Maanvi Singh

[…] Jolanda Blackwell,  like many others teachers, understands that when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged. But why? What, exactly, is curiosity and how does it work? A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that the brain’s chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information.

Our Brains On Curiosity

“In any given day, we encounter a barrage of new information,” says Charan Ranganath, a psychologist at the University of California, Davis, and one of the researchers behind the study. “But even people with really good memory will remember only a small fraction of what happened two days ago.”

Ranganath was curious to know why we retain some information and forget other things. So he and his colleagues rounded up 19 volunteers and asked them to review more than 100 trivia questions. Questions such as, “What does the term ‘dinosaur’ actually mean?” and “What Beatles single lasted longest on the charts, at 19 weeks?” Participants rated each question in terms of how curious they were about the answer. Next, everyone reviewed the questions — and their answers — while the researchers monitored their brain activity using an MRI machine. When the participants’ curiosity was piqued, the parts of their brains that regulate pleasure and reward lit up. Curious minds also showed increased activity in the hippocampus, which is involved in the creation of memories.

“There’s this basic circuit in the brain that energizes people to go out and get things that are intrinsically rewarding,” Ranganath explains. This circuit lights up when we get money, or candy. It also lights up when we’re curious. When the circuit is activated, our brains release a chemical called dopamine which gives us a high. “The dopamine also seems to play a role in enhancing the connections between cells that are involved in learning.”

Indeed, when the researchers later tested participants on what they learned, those who were more curious were more likely to remember the right answers

Curiosity Helps Us Learn Boring Stuff, Too

There was one more twist in Ranganath’s study: Throughout the experiment, the researchers flashed photos of random faces, without giving the participants any explanation as to why. Those whose curiosity was already piqued were also the best at remembering these faces. The researchers were surprised to learn that curious brains are better at learning not only about the subject at hand, but also other stuff — even incidental, boring information. […]

Read the article (via npr.org)

valena95  asked:

Hello :) well i wanted to ask you how could you simplify that much your art?, watching your blog of "daily cat drawings" i was amazed of how good was the result, you make them work with no much detail and ill love to ask you for some advices also :3. Im actually new in the digital art world :) tbh in the art world itself. Thanks :D

Hi :) 

So I’m actually working on getting a Patreon set up where I can answer that exact question. Tutorials and process are something I would really love to share with everyone, but they take a lot of extra time will require a different outlet other than Tumblr. 

However I really want to share the answer to this now because it’s such a huge part of how I draw. 

Simplifying drawings is harder than it looks. It takes a very strong design sense. It’s part of why I started this blog. A single subject matter forces me to push that sense and even after hundreds of drawings I still have a lot to learn. What helps me is starting at the very basic level, shapes. The most basic shapes. 

Square. Circle. Triangle. 

You can do SO MUCH with just these three shapes. If you look closely at some of my drawings, you can see these shapes and various combinations of shapes hiding in the design. I’ve posted a very rough example below, but I hope it gives you a basic idea of what I mean. Although the example cat has added detail, you can see he really is just a square :)

I hope this helped and best of luck with your journey into the drawing world!

- H

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@historyandhamilton said: sorry if you’ve already gotten this question but how did you make the header on your intro post?? it is absolutely gorgeous !!

ahhh you’re the first to ask actually! and thank you so much <3

i couldn’t just fit the whole explanation into words tbh so i decided to make a tutorial ;w;

i use the drawing program Paint Tool SAI. its not for free but its totally worth it tbh a really good program. you can also do this with photoshop too! c:

step 1: open your canvas. usually i choose sizes no more than 800x500 px which is usually pretty good for a header! 

step 2: choose a nice font on microsoft word. if the given ones aren’t fancy enough for your taste you can search all sorts of fonts here on tumblr on @fontsource or @yourfonts they’re pretty good sources but i usually go on dafont since it has more choices. the font that i used here is called sunrise international demo.

after choosing a nice looking font go ahead and print screen it and paste it onto your canvas. cut the only part with words in it lmao so you dont have the whole ms word on your header. go to the layer options: layer >> luminance to transparency. with that you can color in your text. to do so though, choose the ‘preserve opacity’ option to color it in! 

step 3: color it in whatever manner you want to! i wanted to do some sort of mixed watercolor texture. to make it have those crispy textures around it. if you want to have that kind of effect, add a new layer and check your ‘Paints Effect’ dropdown on your sidebar and go to effect and choose fringe. make sure the width of the fringe is only 1 aha. after that use the color pick tool and just experiment with it. you’ll see the effect on how it has sharper and darker edges. i just randomly placed it on mine.

step 4: to make it seem more realistic, merge the layers and blur some of them together. you can use the marker tool and experiment with the blending options or simply use the blur tool. for me though the marker tool works better in blending and you can decide how much it blends by adjusting the slides below. 

step 5: for additional things you can add a light background behind it or whatever you prefer and some little objects floating around so it doesn’t seem so empty if you like. i repeated the process for the stars and the ‘by gallieleo’ line. you can also add textures to the canvas by going to the ‘paints effect’ dropdown and looking at the textures option. you can download many textures and brushes to cause more texture and variety to your headers too online. most i found on deviantart, which has lots of brushes and textures to choose from! 

ahhh that pretty much sums up how i make headers c: i hope this has helped a lot of people. im not the best at explaining but ahh i tried. if any of you have questions feel free to ask me, i’d be willing to answer them all! 

Safe House (@ bartonstrickarrows)

Justin’s spent the last several days feeling utterly helpless.

Watching the Triskelion get crushed as carriers fell out of the sky was horrible, but what the hell could he do about it? Same with watching SHIELD get ripped apart and shut down. What could he do? Argue helplessly that SHIELD wasn’t all bad, that he’d worked with their agents, made weapons for some?

That last bit had FBI turning up at his door and his customer confidentiality agreements forcibly voided, ending up interrogated in one of his own conference rooms. No, he’s not HYDRA what kind of question is that?! He’s not a Nazi, frankly he’s really got no convictions whatsoever, good or bad. He’s a CEO which means he’s a cut throat little bastard and supporting an organization that kills civvies is a bad business decision.

The FBI is not impressed by his logic but they concede they have nothing actually against him, even as all his cites schedule another blood drive and he throws money at the rescue groups working the wreckage of the Triskelion.

And all through this, there’s no contact from anyone, including Clint, which feels like a slowly tightening band around his heart.